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Amy DeGise. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe).

DeGise hit-and-run sparks rebuke from Fulop

Jersey City Councilwoman charged with hitting a bicyclist, leaving the scene of the accident

By David Wildstein, July 25 2022 10:18 pm

Jersey City Councilwoman Amy DeGise now faces summonses for leaving the scene of an accident after a hit-and-run last week.

DeGise has acknowledged that she hit a man who was rising a bicyclist around 8 AM.  He was treated for minor injuries at a local hospital.

In addition to a pair of tickets – she’s also charged with failing to report an accident – DeGise is facing considerable criticism from two grassroots organizations that advocate bicycle safety issues in Jersey City, SafeStreestJC and Bike JC.

“No matter the circumstances or outcomes, all hit-and-run deserve the utmost condemnation,” the groups said.  “Not only do we require, at a bare minimum, that our local elected leaders set good examples themselves; we also expect them to use their privilege and power to invest in safe streets infrastructure that can prevent these crashes from happening at all.

According to SafeStreestJC and Bike JC, motorists who remain on the scene “reduces the chance someone injured gets timely, possibly life-saving aid.”

Mayor Steven Fulop criticized DeGise, a former Hudson County Democratic chair who ran on his slate in last year’s municipal election.

“You should never leave the scene of a crash.  I think the responsible thing is to wait for law enforcement and follow the law,” Fulop said in an appearance on New Jersey Spotlight News. “I don’t think there’s any circumstances where that’s really justifiable.”

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